The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has been one of the best-selling vehicles in Canada for quite a while now. Every generation has been carefully refined to become an even better version of itself until it became what it is today: the best RAV4 yet. It’s a vehicle that appeals to Canadian families, who have made it their first choice in SUVs. The fifth and latest generation of the Toyota RAV4 was launched in 2019. Since then, it has been improved to better match the needs of its customers.
This year’s RAV4 offers a multitude of distinct models to choose from, each with a unique combination of style, features and capabilities. Some models will be available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, while others only with the latter. They will also be offered two powertrain options: a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission or an Atkinson cycle 2.5L 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
The first powertrain pushes 203 horsepower and achieves a combined city/highway fuel efficiency rating of 7.7L/100km on the FWD version, while the AWD variant is rated at 8.0L/100km. As for the 219-hp Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, it can manage an impressive fuel efficiency rating of just 6.0L/100km.
The built-in-Canada SUV’s bold exterior design and sporty handling are just a couple of the reasons why we like this vehicle. The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that underpins the RAV4 also contributes to its impressive performance. With extra power, sharper handling, and a more rugged look, the RAV4 is surely ready to stay at the top of the charts.
Now, let’s see if the 2021 Toyota RAV4 will be at the top of your buying list.
Why you should buy a 2021 Toyota RAV4:
- Toyota has you covered! There are many variants of the Toyota RAV4 to choose from. From the sporty SE trim to the luxurious Limited, there is one for you! On top of that, they have a hybrid version of the RAV4 so you can go green and save some money at the pump.
- Speaking of fuel economy, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, with its fuel-efficiency rating of 6.0L/100 km is still one of the best in its category.
- Despite the fact that you’re driving an SUV, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 drives like a car.
- We had the chance to test drive the base model RAV4 (LE FWD) and we were quite impressed with it. It’s not very flashy, but for the price, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
- Indeed, Toyota has a long list of safety features that are standard on all models, like the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. The TSS 0 is a bundle of active safety technologies. Also included are features such as Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and the Toyota Star Safety System.
- The Toyota RAV4 has a comfortable cabin that can fit 5 adults without any discomfort.
Why you should not buy a 2021 Toyota RAV4:
- The Toyota RAV4’s 2.5L engine, when you push the gas pedal to the floor, makes an unpleasant “screaming” sound that’s very off-putting.
- Even though the interior’s fit and finish is good, the dash design and layout could be improved upon if we compare it to its competitors.
- Another issue found on the 2021 RAV4 is the resolution of the screen and rear-view camera. There are significantly fewer pixels, which translates in a low-quality image, than other cars in its class, which could be a deal-breaker for some buyers.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has everything one would want in an SUV, minus a few hiccups discussed above. But other than that, it’s got the looks, it’s got the reliability, it’s got tons of standard features and it has Toyota’s impressive resale value. If you were not considering purchasing the 2021 Toyota RAV4 before this article, now is the time to reconsider.